A 20-year-old man has been arrested in Austin, Texas, after allegedly hacking into a computer system which caused more than 100 cars to be disabled with, in some cases, their horns blaring out repeatedly.
Omar Ramos-Lopez, a former employee of Texas Auto Center, a collection of 4 car dealerships in the Austin area, is suspected of breaking into a web-based immobilisation system called WebTeck Plus that is normally only used if customers are behind in making their payments.
According to a report in Wired magazine, the car dealership had fitted the devices, which are the size of a deck of cards, into vehicles, giving the ability to disable a car’s ignition or trigger the horn if a payment is due.
Thankfully, the cars cannot be disabled while they are in motion.
For five days in the last week of February, more than a 100 customers found themselves without…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.